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More snow then frigid cold

Blowing snow affects visibility as motorists travel westbound Wednesday on Interstate 94 near Jamestown. John M. Steiner / The Sun

A few more inches of snow, blowing snow, frigid temperatures and life-threatening wind chills will make travel hazardous through Friday morning, said Tyler Kranz, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Bismarck.

The North Dakota Department of Transportation and North Dakota Highway Patrol issued a travel alert starting Wednesday afternoon that included Jamestown.

"The amount of snow we are expecting in addition to what received today (Wednesday) is 3 to 4 inches," Krenz said. "The additional snow to the south of Jamestown is looking to be 4 to 6 inches."

Snow blowing back onto plowed roads will make driving hazardous, he said. The roadways will be slippery and the snow will make visibility difficult, she said.

There are two snow systems coming through eastern and south central North Dakota including Jamestown and the James River Valley, he said. The snow through Wednesday evening was the first with the heaviest snowfall occurring south and east of Jamestown, he said.

No snowfall recording was available from the North Dakota State Hospital or Jamestown Regional Airport as of 3:30 p.m. The nearest recorded snowfall is Ellendale, which reported having received 4 inches of snow as of 11 a.m. and probably had over 6 inches as of 3:30 p.m., Kranz said.

That should make travel in Dickey County hazardous, he said.

The high Thursday in Jamestown will be minus 7 degrees with wind chills as low as minus 35, he said. Temperatures will fall to minus 22 Thursday night with minus 40-degree wind chills throughout most of the state, he said.

"I would call that dangerous to life-threatening wind chills," Krenz said. "Anyone outside should seriously be bundled up in several layers."

Continued cold is expected Friday with a high near minus 10 and a low of minus 19 in the evening. There is a 20 percent chance of snow on Saturday with highs near minus 1 and lows around minus 15.

"After this system moves out tomorrow there is really no big weathermaker happening, and most places will be dry and cold and with maybe some light snow for several days," Krenz said.

The average temperature for the Feb. 1-6 is 2 degrees below normal, he said. The continued cold makes it likely that more below normal temperatures will follow, he said.

Temperatures should remain below zero on Sunday with highs around minus 2. There will be a 50 percent chance of snow snow on Monday with a high near 9, followed by a 20 percent chance of snow Tuesday with a high near 5.

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